Shorts Adidas Nylon Sprinter Shiny Shorts Glanz Trousers 007 Vintage 70'S D8
New Mens Jordan Brand Space Jam Tune Squad Tshirt XL bluee Multicolor Tim Harford The Undercover Economist
  • MESSY – How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World
    “Every Tim Harford book is a cause for celebration”
    – Malcolm Gladwell
    “Every Tim Harford book is a cause for celebration. He makes the ‘dismal science’ seem like an awful lot of fun.”
  • Damascus NH250H Heavyweight Hood Balaclava with Fire Retardant Nomex, 18 Inch
    – Malcolm Gladwell, author of “The Tipping Point”
  • ADAPT – Why Success Always Starts with Failure
    “Tim Harford could well be Britain’s Malcolm Gladwell... Insightful and clever”
    – Alex Bellos, author of “Alex’s Adventures in Numberland”
    “Economics becomes cool” – The Times
  • The Logic of Life
    “As lively as it is smart, charming, penetrating and wise”
    – Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of “Freakonomics”
  • The Undercover Economist
    Over one million copies sold
    “Like spending an ordinary day wearing X-ray goggles”
    – David Bodanis, author of “E=MC2
Shorts Adidas Nylon Sprinter Shiny Shorts Glanz Trousers 051 Vintage 70'S D6
NEW PATAGONIA Men's Torpedo Crew Lightweight Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt Sz S DC Grey Heather Camo Boxing Crew Sweater

The clash of the two cultures and the challenge of collaboration

But the deepest point of all — buried a little too deep, perhaps — is a practical problem that remains as pressing today as it was in 1959: how to reconcile technical expertise with the demands of policy and politics. In short — have we really had enough of experts?

The historian Lisa Jardine highlights this sentence in Snow’s argument: “It is the traditional culture, to an extent remarkably little diminished by the emergence of the scientific one, which manages the western world.” We didn’t decide we’d had enough of experts in 2016; we made that decision long ago.

Briko Bike sport wear Jersey Zenith Size XLThe Punisher Skull mens hoody 2016 new autumn winter high quality men sweatshirtHOODIE MAN HUF TRANSIT L S KNIT TOP KN00058.SCARL

As Snow pointed out in a series of lectures he gave at Harvard in 1960, published as Science and Government, grave mistakes can result not only from a vacuum of technical knowledge in politics, but from a monopoly — the single expert, unchallenged. He cited the allied bombing of dense urban areas in Germany during the war, which not only took a terrible toll on civilians, but failed in military terms by sparing industrial targets. The source of the problem was a flawed statistical study by Winston Churchill’s scientific adviser Frederick Lindemann that no one had both the technical skill and the political clout to challenge. It is not enough to give political influence to a physicist or an economist. The corridors of power must ring with scientifically informed debate.

Tee Jays Mens Two-Tone Hooded Sweatshirt (BC3825)Russell Athletic Men's Dri-Power Fleece Sweatshirt, Graphite, XX-LargeNWT Adidas Men's Climawarm Team Issue TechFleece Hoodie Navy SZ S (gb043)

None of this is to assert the superiority of a technical education over a classical, literary or vocational one, although Snow sometimes seemed to yield to that temptation. We don’t need a parliament full of chemists any more than we need one full of classicists. We need a mix. Like scientific research, good policymaking is now a team effort. It requires different perspectives and a range of specialist expertise. We all must learn to work with people who see the world very differently. That wasn’t easy to do in 1959. It is no easier today.

Mitchell &Ness NBA golden State Warriors Team Logo Hoody TEAMLOGOHOOD-GOLWAR-GRYMARVEL COMICS Iron Man Men's Sublimation Full Length Zipper Hoodie Extra Large

Written for and first published in the BMW M Series Xdrive Autosport Car Logo Design SweatshirtMen Hoodie Gift Auto on 3 May 2019.

My book “Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy” (UK) / “Fifty Inventions That Shaped The Modern Economy” (US) is out now in paperback – feel free to order online or through your local bookshop.

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)


Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

[FX-123] BTOPERFORM Compression Shirt Skin Tight Base layer Rash guard MMA Gym 21st of May, 2019MarginaliaResourcesComments off
Mens Ralph Lauren Zipped Hoodie Size Small

Is Thanos a good model for economists? On balance, no

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

ProSphere Men's Hampton University Ugly Holiday Winter Sweater (Apparel) (HU) Intense menswear Light grey marl sporty zipped hoodie size L RRP 80 DF189Undercover EconomistComments off
ProSphere Men's Iowa State University Ugly Holiday Wonderland Sweater (Apparel)

How to be more creative

I was on the TED Radio Hour this week; they were kind enough to give me both the first and the word on the subject of kickstarting creativity.

Men's Middle Tennessee State University Ugly Holiday Quilt Sweater (Apparel)

If you’d like to read more on the subject I would – of course – recommend my book, , which gave me the research base for both of the TED talks and the interviews around them.

But what else?

Perhaps David Epstein’s new book, Range, which sings the praises of broadening your horizons. I’m a couple of chapters in and enjoying it very much: good stories, well-researched. Epstein, an experienced and thoughtful sports writer, points out that what works in sport is actually not a very good guide to what works in life, because in life the rules are unclear, feedback can be patchy, and in general we need the widest possible base of experience. Recommended.

Men's Mississippi State University Ugly Holiday Frost Sweater (Apparel) (MSU)Unisex colorado State University Pueblo Ugly Holiday Kringle Sweater (Apparel)

A very different book is A Mind At Play by Soni and Goodman – the first biography of Claude Shannon, one of the pioneers of modern computer science and the creator of information theory. Shannon’s an interesting subject in part because he’s still underappreciated outside his own field, and in part because his creative arc was complex and frustrating. He seems to spend an awful lot of time goofing around and wasting his talent. Was it wasted time? Or was it fundamental to the process? I’m not sure myself. I’ll write more about this sometime.

And I must recommend (again) Twyla Tharp’s a wonderful practical guide to creativity for anyone in any field at any stage of their career.

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

ProSphere Men's The Citadel Ugly Holiday Jolly Sweater (Apparel) (C) • MarginaliaResourcesComments off
ProSphere Men's Webster University Ugly Holiday Wonderland Sweater (Apparel)

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)



Search by Keyword

About Tim

ProSphere Men's Fordham University Ugly Holiday Winter Sweater (Apparel)

Tim Harford is an author, columnist for the Financial Times and presenter of Radio 4's "More or Less".
Learn More ›

Tim’s Tweets

ProSphere Men's University of Wyoming Ugly Holiday Quilt Sweater (Apparel) (UW)

Recent Articles

ProSphere Men's University of Montana Ugly Holiday Wonderland Sweater (Apparel)

Popular Articles

Free Email Updates

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new articles by email (you can unsubscribe at any time).

Join 172,667 other subscribers

Item specifics

New without tags: A brand-new, unused, and unworn item (including handmade items) that is not in original packaging or ... Read moreabout the condition


Material: Cotton Blend Style: Hoodie
Sleeve Length: Long Sleeve Size Type: Regular